Commissioners under fire: govt braces for fallout

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Commissioners under fire: govt braces for fallout

The federal government is bracing for a possible fallout as the trade unions Royal Commissioner considers his future and the Opposition continues to step up pressure on Fair Work Commissioner Michael Lawler.

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The federal government is facing a possible fallout as the trade unions Royal Commissioner considers his future and the Opposition continues to pressure it to express its lack of confidence in Fair Work Commissioner Michael Lawler.

The royal commissioner examining trade union corruption, Dyson Heydon, will rule this week on his own future at the helm of the Royal Commission. Ex-High Court judge Heydon adjourned last Friday’s hearing of union submissions that he should recuse himself from the commission because of a perception of “apprehended bias” until Tuesday (25 August). 

The Commissioner is under intense pressure after revelations he was to speak at a function billed as a Liberal Party fundraiser.

Labor calls for action against FW Commissioner Lawler


The Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Brendan O’Connor, has called on the government to act over complaints about FWC vice president Michael Lawler, in particular allegations involving a property transfer involving his partner, former Health Services Union head Kathy Jackson.
 
The union is seeking court orders to block the transfer of property to the deputy president, claiming it should be available to recover monies Jackson owes to the union. 

The government has also received a complaint about VP Lawler’s conduct at a Fair Work conference, according to media reports

O’Connor is calling on the prime minister to act, saying his “unwillingness… risks damaging the reputation of the Fair Work Commission and public confidence in the independent umpire”.
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